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Old 05-12-2015, 11:52 PM   #15
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The only place we've ever used bottle water was occasionally in Arizona where the water tasted so bad, you just didn't want to drink it. It was safe, just tasted bad.
We visited friends in Yuma, tried the tap water and now I know why they have all the water stations around!!
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We usually make two long trips per year, roughly 3-4 months each. We have a res frig with ice maker and water dispenser. One of the issues I see is how to keep the water used by the ice maker and frig water tank clean.

As a solution, I installed a small (2.5 gal) reverse osmosis system under the kitchen sink. I use the output from the RO system to feed the frig and a sink faucet. The RO system is cleaned with chlorine before each trip. This also cleans the frig systems. I have a cut-off from the water supply to the RO system, and each time we move, we now have 2.5 gallons of good water while traveling. This gets refilled each time we hookup to a good campground water supply.

We also sanitize the fresh water holding tank and supply lines prior to each trip. Travel with enough water for sanitary purposes while on the road. A short flush of the water lines when we hookup to a good water supply means we are set. We always use the RO water for drinking, coffee, cooking, etc. No more bottled water!
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Do most RV manufacturers route the water to the ice make/water dispenser in the fridge from the kitchen sink area, like most home setups do?? Reason I ask is that in the coach we want, the fridge is on the opposite side of the coach from the kitchen sink, and I don't want to have to route that water line myself. If it is already configured that way, we can just install the RO system under the sink like you did.

Guess we'll have to wait and see!

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Do most RV manufacturers route the water to the ice make/water dispenser in the fridge from the kitchen sink area, like most home setups do?? Reason I ask is that in the coach we want, the fridge is on the opposite side of the coach from the kitchen sink, and I don't want to have to route that water line myself. If it is already configured that way, we can just install the RO system under the sink like you did.

Guess we'll have to wait and see!

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I'm not sure of the ice maker supply line on your unit. In my case, there was a separate supply line to the refrig, but since the refrig was on the same side of the coach as the sink I was able to easily run a line from the RO unit in back of the cabinets. There was an existing cutoff to the refrig so I simply cut the line on the refrig side, put in a short piece with a tee and another cutoff. That way I can go back to the original water supply by simply reversing the cutoffs. The easiest RO system I found to install and maintain is the Whirlpool unit sold at Lowes. Filters are expensive, but easy to disconnect in storage, and replace when necessary. All of the refrig piping was accessible by removing the outside inspection plate on the RV.
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We don't drink the water in the freshwater tank, although i'll bet we could. We travel so much that I put water in there from many different places, while being careful to use potable water. I will use gallon jugs of purified water from Walmart for drinking and coffee. I will be super careful about food and water when traveling.
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